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Elections - Astrology Encyclopedia

Definition of Elections Electional Astrology is a method by which to choose a suitable time for commencing any honestly conceived and reasonable project or endeavor, such as a marriage, journey, law-suit, building operation, engaging in a new business or profession, the reconciling of opponents, drawing up a will, buying land or house, planting a garden, launching a ship, or moving into a new home.

The theory of Elections is a reverse application of Horary procedure in that the latter begins with a Time and works toward a prognosis, while the former begins with a desired prognosis and works toward the selection of a suitable time. The selection of the day, hour and minute must take into account a number of practical, scientific and theoretical considerations, in order to determine the most propitious birth-moment for the project in prospect, after which the actual initiating of action is deferred so that it may be begun on the selected moment. The Figure thus cast, termed the Electional or Inceptional Figure, thereafter becomes a horary figure for the conception of the project, from which to estimate the probable success or failure of the plan, most of the important particulars connected therewith, the high and low tides that will beset its progress, and in general forecast the eventual outcome of the project under contemplation. It is presumed to be effective for whatever length of time is required for the carrying out of the project.

To make a reliable Election the following considerations must be observed:

1. The Nativity of the person for whom the Figure is to be cast should, if the data is obtainable, be diligently studied. All authorities agree that this feature is of paramount importance.

2. The radical Ascendant, when used for this purpose, should not be moved against the Earth's motion; which is to say, it must be moved clockwise rather than in the order of the Houses. Ptolemy, in the sixth aphorism of his Centiloquy, says: "It is advantageous to make choice of days and of hours at a time well constituted by the Nativity. Should the time be adverse, the choice will in no respect avail, however favorable an issue it may chance to promise."

3. The Directions concurrently at work in the Nativity should be taken into account, to make sure that the proposed project is not beyond the native's capabilities. No useful purpose can be served by making an Election for a project that is foredoomed to failure.

4. Attention must be paid to the Sign positions and aspects of the transiting planets before considering the House positions they will occupy in the Election Scheme, since favorable House positions cannot be expected to offset unfavorable sign positions and adverse aspects. Frequently it is found impossible to cast an Election that is even remotely favorable, in that the planets refuse to arrange themselves harmoniously within the time limits at one's disposal. However, should the project be imperative and impossible to defer but otherwise valid, an Election arranged with the available forces at one's command will usually be found better than none at all. Even so, if the Nativity, or the Directions concurrently in force, promise failure, no Ellection, however astutely conceived, can possibly impart success. Therefore, one should not assume that the electional technique is a master-key to success; wealth and happiness. However, in such cases it will often be found impossible to initiate action at the elected time, one obstacle after another entailing delay, until finally the project can be initiated at a more favorable season, with eventual success.

5. The planet disposing of the project should be free from the adverse rays of the Infortunes - Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto; and, when possible, should tenant its chief Dignity.

6. No Infortune, nor any planet that is retrograde, combust or otherwise notably debilitated by Sign, degree or aspect, should hold any Angle of the Figure, unless said Infortune happens to dispose of the affair in question, is well dignified, strong by Sign, well disposed toward the other two signs of its Triplicity, largely unafflicted, and as distant as possible from the Luminaries. If it is less than 8 from the Sun, or 12 from the Moon, the project will suffer many hindrances and delays. The parallel of declination has an influence similar to that of a conjunction, and both of these along with the trine aspects constitute the most powerful adjuncts to success. The sextile is notably weaker, while the square and opposition are notably adverse.

7. By reason of its proximity to the Earth, its reflections of solar light and retransmission of planetary vibrations, and its swiftness as compared to the motions of the planets, the Moon is deemed the most important element in any Electional Figure. Therefore a time must be chosen when the Moon is free from any serious affliction and - in case the matter is desired to be accomplished quickly - swift in motion. The nearer its rate of travel is to 1517' per day, as at perigee when nearest to the Earth, the quicker will its influence be manifest. Also it should be increasing in light; i.e., from three days after the lunation to three days before the Full Moon. Care should be exercised that the Moon does not tenant a Cadent House, and all things considered it is desirable that it is not in an Angle. When the lunar motion is less than 1311' - hence near its apogee and thus farthest from Earth - its ray is deemed in many respects similar to that of a retrograde planet. When possible, place the luminaries, or at least one of them, in trine to the radical Sun, Moon, Ascendant or its Ruler, of the person for whom the Election is cast. It should be free from affliction, and in a close favorable aspect to transiting Venus, Jupiter, Sun, or still better to the planet disposing of the project under contemplation. Under no circumstances begin a new business when the Moon is radiating adverse aspects or when it is past the Full, however propitious the other testimonies may appear to be. When past the Full, hence decreasing in light, the strength of the Moon is diminishing, and as a result the project will be greatly retarded; as also when the Moon conjoins Saturn on its own South Node, or Saturn is rising, or in the Fourth House. Since the Moon rules Cancer, that regulates the inflow and outflow of the life-tides, and is exalted in Taurus, that controls the basic materials of which the Earth is compounded, and since both luminaries govern the tides of Earth and of the waters surrounding, it should be apparent how potent are the configurations of this nearest of the Earth's gravitational and radiating forces in the destiny of all living things. If the Ascendant is in a Sign of short ascension - Capricorn to Gemini inclusive - and Mars afflicts, the elector places himself in no little jeopardy of some untoward accident, or outbreak of temper on the part of himself or another, which could seriously upset the matter in hand.

8. When beginning a project presumed to be reasonably permanent, render it durable by placing the four Fixed Signs, and preferably the 5th degree thereof, on the Angles of the Figure; or at least see that the Moon tenants one of them.

9. See that your Election does not notably stimulate any serious affliction in the Nativity; that the Moon is strong and well placed and that neither the Moon nor the Angles in the Nativity are afflicted by the more important electional positions. The natal House that disposes of the project for which the Election is cast should be well fortified, and care should be exercised to see that its Ruler is strong, well placed and unafflicted.

10. If the project is a financial one, the cusp of the radical Second House and its Ruler should be fortified by good aspects, as also the corresponding position and planet in the Election.

11. It is desirable to place the Lord of the radical Ascendant in an Angle, or at least in a Succedent House, in the Election, and oriental to the Sun, whether the planet be benefic or malefic, thereby avoiding its placement in a cadent House or an occidental position, which would be particularly undesirable if it conjoins the Moon.

12. A malefic that rules the radical Ascendant may be made use of in the Election, since it is not harmful to the person whose Ruler it is.

When the Nativity is unobtainable, the cautions relating thereto must of necessity be disregarded. In the literature of Horary Astrology and Elections are to be found many aphorisms relating to the subject, for which reference may be had to the works of Ptolemy, Guido Bonatus, Cardan, William Lilly, A. J. Pearse and Dr. Broughton, including Ramesey's "Rules for Electing Times for all Manner of Works," contained in his Astrology Restored (edition of 1653), to be consulted in a few of the libraries.

To cast thoroughly sound Electional Figures one should first master the rules of Horary Art; then develop it by recurrent practice in casting Electional Schemes for one imaginary project after another. To perform this successfully necessitates the memorization of lists of the various ventures and commodities falling within the province of each planet; such as that: the Sun disposes of business, professional and social preferment, and rules games, hobbies and certain classes of investments; the Moon disposes of those matters in which permanency is not desired, and favors dealings with women and servants, and concerning domestic affairs; Mercury disposes of travel, messages, writing, mail, and the ephemeral type of publications; and so on for the remaining planets, as listed in any good text-book on Electional Astrology.

When an elector lacks a sufficient knowledge of astro-dynamics to enable him accurately to cast the Figure whereby to select a suitable moment, the next best substitute is to consult the aspectarian in any good ephemeris, and begin operations just prior to the formation of a good lunar aspect. Another resort is to refer to a Planetary Hour Table calculated to latitude, and select the middle of a Jupiter hour.

- FREDERIC VAN NORSTRAND.

(Nicholas deVore - Encyclopedia of Astrology)

The other dictionary entries:  

A

Accidental Ascendant · Accidental Dignity · Acronycal · Acronycal place · Active Influence · Adept · Adjusted Calculation Date · Line of Advantage · Affinity · Afflicted · Astrological Ages · Air Signs · Albedo · Almanac · Almuten · Altitude · Ambient · Anahibazon · Anareta, anaretic · Anaretic Point. Anaretic Place · Androgyne, androgynous · Angels · Angle · Angstrom · Angular · Angular Velocity · Anomaly · Anipathies · Antipathy · Antiscion · Antisedentia · Aphelion · Apheta · Aphorism · Apogee · Apparent Motion · Application · Appulse · Apsis · Aquarius · Arabian Points, or Parts · Arc · Arc of Vision · Ares · Aries · Armillary Sphere · Ascendant · Ascending · Ascension · Ascension, Signs of Long · Ascension, Signs of Short · Ascensional Difference · Aspect · Aspectarian · Asterism · Asteroids · Astral Body · Astral Light · Astral projection · Astrolabe · Astrology · Astromancy · Astrometeorology · Astronomical unit · Astronomos · Astronomy · Astrotheology · Aten · Athazer · Aura · Aurora Borealis, Northern Lights · Inclination of Axis · Axial rotation · Azimene · Azimuth

B

Baal · Tower of Babel · Babylon · Babylonian · Barren Signs · Beholding Signs · Bel · Belts of Jupiter · Benefic Aspects · Besieged · Bestial signs · Bicorporeal · Bi-Quintile · Birth Moment · Birth Stones · Bitter Signs · Blend · Brahmanaspati · Broken Signs · Brutish signs · Buddha

C

Cabala, Cabalism · Cacodemon · Cadent · Caduceus · Calendar · Cancer · Cappella · Capricorn · Caput Draconis · Cardinal Signs · Casting the Horoscope · Cataclysmic Planet · Catahibazon · Cauda Draconis · Cazimi · Celestial Sphere · Ceres · Chaldaeans · Chaldaean Oracle · Changeable Signs · Character · Character of Planets · Characteristics of the Signs · Chart · Chronocrators · Chronos · Circle · Circles of Position · Cities, Sign Rulership · Clairaudience · Clairsentience · Climacterical Conjunction · Climacterical Periods · Climate · Cold planets · Cold Signs · Collection of light · Colors · Combust · Comets · List of Periodic Comets · Comet 1925a · Collision with Earth · Commanding Signs · Common Signs · Conception · Conceptive Signs · Configuration · Conjunction: Conjoined to · Conjunction, Superior and Inferior · Constellations · Contact · Contra antiscions · Converse Directions · Coordinate · Copernican System · Corona · Correction · Co-signficator · Cosmecology: the ecology of the cosmic · Cosmic · Cosmic Conditioning · Cosmic Cross · Cosmic Philosophy, or Cosmism · Cosmic Psychology · Cosmical · Councillor Gods · Countries · Crepuscule · Crescent · Critical Days · Critical Degrees · Crooked Signs · Crucial Degrees · Culminating · Culmination · Culminator · Cusp · Cycle · Cycles · Jupiter Cycle · Pluto Cycles · Neptune Cycle · Uranus Cycle · Saturn Cycles · Cycles - Tabulated data

D

Day · Day House · Day of Week, to determine · Daylight Saving Time · Day Triplicity · Debility · Decade · Decanate, Decan · Decatom · Decile · Declination · Decreasing or Increasing in Light · Decumbiture · Deductive Type · Deferent · Degree · Degree Rising · Individual Degrees · Individual Degree Tables · Aries Individual Degrees · Taurus Individual Degrees · Gemini Individual Degrees · Cancer Individual Degrees · Leo Individual Degrees · Virgo Individual Degrees · Libra Individual Degrees · Scorpio Individual Degrees · Sagittarius Individual Degrees · Capricorn Individual Degrees · Aquarius Individual Degrees · Pisces Individual Degrees · Delineation · Depression · Descendant · Descending · Destiny · Detriment · Dexter · Dhanus · Dichotome, or Dicotome · Dignities, Debilities · Dignities and Debilities · Dionysian Period · Directions. Progressions · Dispositor · Dissociate Signs · Distance · Diurnal · Dog Days · Dog Stars · Domal Dignity · Dominical Letter · Doryphory · Double-bodied or Bicorporeal Signs · Dragon's Head. Dragon's Tail · Dumb Signs · Duration of Life · Dwa-da-shamsa · Dysis

E

Eagle · Earth Shine · Earth Signs · East · Easter · Eccentric · Eclipse · Eclipse of Thales · Ecliptic; Via Solis, the Sun's path · Ego · Elections · Electric planets · Elements · Elevation · Elevation of the Pole · Elevation by Latitude · Eleveation by House Position · Elongation · Embolismic Month · Emerge · Emotional Natures · Enneatical · Epact · Ephemeral Map · Ephemeral Motion · Ephemeris · Epicycle · Epoch · Signs of Equal Power · Equation of Time · Equator · Equinox · Equinoctial Signs · Era · Eros · Erratics · Esoteric · Essential Dignities · Eudemon · Exaltation · Executive Type · Exoteric · Externalize · Extra-sensory Perceptions

F

Face · Fall · False Angle; False Arc · Familiarity · Fate · Feminine Signs · Feral · Figure · Fire Signs · First point · Fixed Signs · Fixed Stars · Flexed · Fortified · Fortitude · Fortuna · Fortunate Signs · Fortunes · Four-footed Signs · Fourth Dimension · Free-Will · Friendly planets · Fruitful Signs · Frustration · Gabriel · Galactic Center · Galactic Latitude · Galaxy · Notes of the Gamut · Gemini · Gems · Genethliacal Astrology · Genethlialogy · Geniture · Geoarc · Geoarc Figure · Geocentric · Astrological Geomancy · Gibbous · Giver of Life · Gnomes · Golden Number · Arc of Gradial Transit · Grand Cross · Grand Trine · Gregorian Calendar · Guarded

H

Hayz · Hearing · Heart of the Sun · Heliacal Rising · Heliacal Setting · Heliarc · Heliarc Figure · Heliocentric · Heliocentric Astrology · Heliocentric Longitude and Latitude · Helios · Hemisphere · Hermaphrodite · Hermes · Hermetic · Herschel · Hexagon · Hindu Astrology · Home, Day or Night · Homodromi · Honors · Horary Astrology · Horary Circles · Horary Time · Horimea · Horizon · Horizontal Aspects · Horizontal Parallel · Horoscope · Hour Angle · Hours · Houses · Meaning of Houses · First House · Second House · Third House · Fourth House · Fifth House · Sixth House · Seventh House · Eighth House · Ninth House · Tenth House · Eleventh House · Twelfth House · Houses, Reciprocal Action of Opposite · Solar Houses · House Ruler · Intercepted House · House: Diurnal, or day; Nocturnal, or Night · Tables of Houses · Human Signs · Hyleg · Hylegiacal Places · Hypogeon

I

Ides · Period of Illumination · Immersion · Impeded; Impedited · Imperfect Signs, Broken Signs · Imum Coeli · Inclination · Inconjunct · Increasing in Light · Increasing in Motion · Individual Houses · Inferior Planets · Infortunes · Ingress · Initiating Signs · Initiative Type · Injunct · Inspirational Natures · Intellectual Natures · Interlunar · Intercepted · Interpolation · Interpretation · Invariable Plane · Inversion · Ishtar · Isis and Osiris · Issat

J

Joined to · Joy · Julian Calendar · Julian Day

K

Kabala · Kakatyche · Karma · Katababazon · Kether · Key-Cycle · Kosmos · Krishna · Kronos

L

Labha bhava · Lagna · Lagna Sphutas · Latitude · Laya Centers · Leap Year · Leo · Life · Light · Collector of Light · Light of time · Light Planets · Light, Velocity of · Light-year · Lights · Lilith · Local Mean Time · Logarithms · Longitude · Lord · Lucifer · Luminaries · Lunar · Lunar Declination · Lunar Mansions · Lunar Month · Lunar semicircle · Lunar Year · Lunation · Embolismic Lunation · Periodical Lunation · Synodical Lunation

M

Magic · Magnetism · Magnitude · Major Planets · Malefic · Mansions of the Moon · Map · Marduk, or Asaru · Mark, Noon or Midnight · Martian · Masculine Degrees · Masculine planets · Masculine Signs · Maternal Signs · Matutine, Matutinal · Maya · Mean Motion · Mean Time · Measure of Time · Medical Astrology · Medium Coeli · Mediumship · Medusa's Head · Meridian · Meridian Distance · Meridional · Mesmerism · Metonic Cycle · Metonic Return · Micron · Midheaven · Midpoint · Milky Way · Minute · Moderators · Modus Rationalis · Moisture · Monad · Month · Month · Motion · Movable Signs · Mundane Aspects · Mundane Astrology · Mundane Directions, or Directions in Mundo · Mundane Parallel, or Parallel in Mundo · Music of the Spheres · Mutable Signs · Mute Signs · Mutilated Degrees · Mutual Application · Mutual Reception

N

Nadir · Naibod's Table of Times · Natal Astrology · Native · Nativity · Natural Day · Nebo · Temple of Nebuchadnezzar · Nebulae · Negative Sign · Neomenium · Neptune · New Year's Day · Night Houses · Ninib · Moon's Nodes · Nodes of the Planets · Nomes · North Point · Northern Signs · Nova

O

Obeying Signs · Oblique Ascendant · Oblique Ascension · Oblique Descension · Oblique Sphere · Occidental or Oriental · Occultation · Occursions · Occursor · Old Style · Opposition · Omniverse · Orbit · Orbital revolution · Oriental · Orbs · Orphic Mysteries · Ortive Difference

P

Pantheism · Pantheon · Parallel · Pars fortunae; Part of Fortune · Partile · Passive · Pavanna · Penumbral Eclipse · Peregrine · Perigee · Perihelion · Periodical Lunation · Phase · Phases · Phenomenon · Philosophy · Philosopher's Stone · Phoenon · Pisces · Classifications of Planets · Planetary Ages of Man · Planetary Anatomy · Planetary Angels · Planetary Colors · Planetary Days · Planetary Flavors · Planetary Forms · Planetary Hours · Planetary Jewels, or Precious Stones · Planetary Metals · Planetary Motions · Planetary Objects and Substances · Planetary Pathology, or physical ailments · Planetary Pattern · Planetary Periods, or Cycles · Planetary Physiology · Planetary Physiques · Planetary Psychology · Planetary Significators · Planetary Significators - Horary · Planetary Significators - Mundane · Planetary Spirits · Planetary Vegetation and Herbs · Planetary Vocations and Avocations · Planetary Years · Platic · Pluto · Point of Life · Point of Love · Polar Elevation · Polarity · Pole - of the Ascendant; of the Horoscope · Ponderous, or Ponderable planets · Posited · Positive sign · Practical Natures · Precession of Equinox and Pole · Precession of the Equinoxes · Predictions, in Mundane Astrology · Predictive Astrology · Prenatal Epoch · Prescience · Primary Directions · Prime Vertical · Primum Mobile · Principal Places · Process · Profections · Prognosis · Progressed Horoscope · Progressions · Progressions vs. Directions · Progressive Solar Revolution · Prohibition · Promittor · Proper Motion · Prophecy · Proportional Arcs · Prorogator · Psychography · Psychometry · Psychophobia · Ptolemaic Astrology · Pyrois

Q

Quadrantine Lunation · Quadrants · Quadrate, or Quartile · Quadratures · Quadrupedal · Quadruplicity · Quartile · Querent · Quesited · Quincunx · Quintile

R

Radical · Radical Position · Radix · Radix System · Rahu · Rapt Motion · Rapt Parallel · Under the Rays · Reception · Mutual Reception · Recessional Directions · Rectification · Recurrence Cycles · Refranation · Relative Houses · Retrograde · Retrograde Application · Revolution · Revolutionary Additives · Right Ascension · Right Distance · Right Sphere · Rising Sign · How to Approximate the Rising Time of a Planet · Rotation · Royal Stars · Ruler · Geographical Rulership · Ruminant Signs

S

Sagittarius · Saros · Saturn chasing the Moon · Saturnine · Saturnalia · Satellite · Satellitium · Scorpio · Secondary Progressions · Seer · Semi-Arc · Semi-Quintil · Semicircle · Semi-sextile · Semi-square · Significators of the Senses · Separating, separation · Sesqui-quadrate · Sesquiquintile · Seven · Sexagenary · Sextile · Sextiles · Sidereal Clock · Sidereal Day · Sidereal Time · Sidereal Year · Sign · Signs and the Disciples · The Symbology of Twelve Signs · Sign: Aries · Sign: Taurus · Sign: Gemini · Sign: Cancer · Sign: Leo · Sign: Virgo · Sign: Libra · Sign: Scorpio · Sign: Sagittarius · Sign: Capricorn · Sign: Aquarius · Sign: Pisces · Classifications of Signs · Sympathetic · Significator · Sinister · Slow of Course · Sol · Solar Astrology · Solar Cycle, or Cycle of the Sun · Solar Day · Solar Equilibrium · Solar Revolution · Solar Semicircle · Solar System · Solar System bodies: Sun · Solar System Bodies: Moon · Solar System Bodies: Mercury · Solar System bodies: Venus · Solar System Bodies: Earth · Solar System Bodies: Mars · Solar System Bodies: Asteroids · Solar System Bodies: Jupiter · Solar System bodies: Saturn · Solar System Bodies: Uranus · Solar System bodies: Neptune · Solar System bodies: Pluto · Solar Time · Solar Year · SOL-om-on · Solomon's Seal · Solomon's Temple · Solstices · South Latitudes · Southern Signs · Spectroscope · Speculum · Sphere · Sphinx · Square · Standard Time · Star of Bethlehem · Stars · Stationary · Stations · Stellium · Strength of a planet · Succedent Houses · Sunspot Cycle · Supercycle · Superior Planets · Synodical Lunation · Synthesis · Syzygy

T

Tables of Houses · T-cross · Taurus · Telepathy · Telescope · Temporal Houses · The Terminal Houses · Terms of the planets · Testimony · Tetrabiblios · Tetractys - ten symbolic dots · Tetragon · Thema Coeli · Throne · Time · Time. Correction of Mean to Sidereal Time · Transit · Transit of a planet across the Sun · Transitor · Translation of Light · Transmutation · Trigon · Trigonocrators · Trimorion · Trine · Trinities · Triplicities · Tropical Signs · Tropical Year · True Solar Day · Trutine · Twilight

U

Umbral Eclipse · Under the Sunbeams · Unfortunate Signs · Urania · Uranian · Uranian Astrology · Uranus

V

Vernal Equinox · Vertical · Vespertine · Via Combusta · Vibrations · Violent Signs · Virgo · Visibility · Vital Signs · Vocal Signs · Signs of Voice · Void of Course · Vulcan

W

War Time · Watchers of the Heavens · Water-bearer, Waterman · Water Signs · Wave Length · Weak Signs · Whole Signs

Y

Year

Z

Zodiac · Zodiacal Aspects · Zodiacal Directions · Zodiacal metals · Zodiacal Parallels · "Zodiacus Vitae." The Zodiac of Life. · Zero Hour Circles · Zenith